Joseph Baltich Sr.

Joseph Baltich, born June 22, 1932, passed away peacefully in the presence of his wife of 63 years, Paula Baltich, November 8, 2022. He is survived by wife Paula, children Joseph W. Baltich (Annette), Bernie Baltich(Sally Schulz), and Sue Kittams(Fred). Grandchildren Ben Baltich (Morgan), Zack Baltich(Maggie) and Danny Baltich, Cullen Kittams and Regan Kittams.

Preceded by parents Frank and Mary Baltich, brothers Frank and John, infant brother and sister. He was a Korean War veteran.

Joe Baltich (Sr) led a full life that began at his father Frank Baltich's trapping shack that soon evolved into a small, licensed, family-owned, wilderness vacation resort on Jasper Lake in 1944, Jasper Lake Resort / Northwind Lodge. In his private life, Joe was a seasoned woodsman who guided fishing/hunting trips. He loved deer hunting and fishing with a passion. Joe also served as a police officer for the city of Ely for 31 years, the last 12 of those as Chief of Police. Joe was an avid musician and his instrument was the accordion. Upon finally retiring from police work and the resort business, Joe and his wife traveled the Arrowhead region and beyond where he played his accordion at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and at assorted other events for almost two decades. His contributions to our region as a police officer, resort owner, and musician will be dearly missed but greatly remembered by his family and many others.

Mass of a Christian Burial, Friday Nov. 18 at 11 AM with visitation at 10 AM. Lunch to follow. At St. Anthony's Catholic Church.

Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.